10 action-adventure movies for fans of The Lost City
With its exotic locations, lost treasures and beautiful explorers, The lost city has all the components of a heartbreaking contribution to the action-adventure genre. Starring Sandra Bullock as Loretta Sage, a novelist immersed in a more exciting story than her latest book, Channing Tatum as Alan Caprison, the insipid cover model who comes to her rescue, and Daniel Radcliffe, the mastermind billionaire pulling all the strings, the film does not lack charm, romanticism and humour.
For fans of that particular combination of action, comedy and a bit of love that makes The lost city so great, these films will have audiences holding their breath in jeep chases through the jungle, laughing at the witty one-liners delivered at perilous times, and fainting when two opposites attract while searching for ancient forgotten relics.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Available on Disney+ and Prime
Indiana Jones, the name most closely associated with the action-adventure genre, embarks on its first quest in The Raiders of the Lost Ark, the early 80s classic from the minds of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Harrison Ford plays Indy with his signature blend of courage and humor while battling the Nazis for the legendary Ark of the Covenant.
As The lost cityit has charismatic protagonists, memorable supporting characters, and alluring villains, all reminiscent of Saturday soap operas from the 1930s. The Raiders of the Lost Ark still holds up, which is why it’s the timeless standard of the genre by which all others are measured.
Available on Paramount+
Although not as well known as Indiana Jones, Dirk Pitt’s name is synonymous with danger and excitement, made memorable by Matthew McConaughey in Sahara. Based on Clive Cussler’s novel of the same name, the film finds Pitt on a quest to find a sunken ship in the dunes of the Sahara Desert, its hull filled with gold.
The film couldn’t recoup its losses after going massively over budget, but that didn’t stop it from featuring dynamic chase sequences, buried treasure, witty banter and, of course, romance.
Red Notice (2021)
Available on Netflix
Getting three of Hollywood’s most bankable and charismatic stars together in one movie isn’t always a recipe for success, but Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Galdot know exactly what kind of movie they’re shooting with. Red notice — an ode to action-adventure films of the 80s and 90s filled with one-liners, explosions and cheesy fun.
They play an Interpol agent, a crook, and the world’s biggest art thief respectively, and bring all their might to the screen as they attempt to double-cross and outmaneuver each other until they loot. The chemistry between the three stars leads to memorable action sequences and gives red notice some of his best quotes that sound natural and even improvised.
National Treasure (2004)
Available on Disney+
“I will steal the Declaration of Independence.” With this line, the national treasure The series was born, led by the wayward charisma of Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Franklin Gates, a treasure hunter with a particular yen for the Founding Fathers and their associated relics.
In the franchise’s first outing, Gates’ family reputation is in shambles, and he uses the Declaration of Independence to solve a centuries-old riddle that will lead to the Templar treasure and restore his family’s honor. Not only are there plenty of fascinating bits of US history scattered throughout the film, but the action is also tempered by terse commentary between Gates and his traveling companions.
Jungle Cruise (2021)
Available on Disney+
Johnson has become a name often associated with action-adventure, so much so that he has almost become its ambassador, no more worthy of honor than in Jungle Cruise (based on Disney’s famous ride) where he plays a handsome, gruff skipper who must take a clever doctor down the Amazon River to find a sacred tree that can heal anything it touches.
With the shrewd Emily Blunt in tow of her doctor’s hapless brother, there’s plenty of hijinks amid the shrunken heads, poison darts, snakes and the like paraphernalia thrown in for good perilous fun. As The lost city, it strives to subvert multiple gender tropes in ways that are both satisfying and hilarious.
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Available on Prime and HBOMax
Before novelist Loretta Sage and model Alan Caprison set off in search of a lost city, author Joan Wilder and mercenary Jack T. Colton traveled to Colombia in search of a priceless emerald. The lost city clearly owes a lot to Romance the stone, but the ’80s action-adventure classic has a lot to offer on its own.
Besides the chemistry between Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas as they bicker throughout the rainforest, there’s thrilling jeep chases, kidnappings and, of course, a radical romance.
The Mummy (1999)
Available on HBOMax
The action-adventure doesn’t get much more fun than in The Mummy, at the height of Brendan Fraser’s star power as the dashing mercenary Rick O’Connell, with Rachel Weisz as the irreverent but daring Evelyn Conner and John Hannah as his insane playboy brother Jonathan. In 1925, the trio go in search of Imhotep’s ancient tomb, but when they discover a curse instead of buried treasure, they must stop him from unleashing his fury on an unsuspecting world.
Although it’s a remake of Boris Karloff’s 1932 classic, this updated version of the monster movie from Universal Studios has sparked a whole fascination with ancient Egypt thanks to its radical cinematography, gorgeous sets and (for the time) incredible special effects.
Tomb Raider (2001)
Available on premium
Prior to the 2018 reboot, the popular grave robber video game franchise has been transformed into Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring the irrepressible Angelina Jolie as armed archaeologist Lara Croft. Where the reboot is serious and gritty, the 2001 film was all about gunfights, sarcastic banter with the bad guys, and Jolie fully embodying the character as a female James Bond (a pre-Bond Daniel Craig plays her love interest).
Hidden temples, majestic ruins and exotic locations are all part and parcel of the tomb raiding experience, and fans of The lost city will get lost in the thrill of following Lara as she searches for an ancient relic that controls time itself, along with her tech genius and neurotic butler.
Brenda Star (1989)
Available on Tubi
When journalist Brenda Starr needs a bold new scoop, she travels to the Amazon to uncover a mad scientist’s secret plot to take over the world. Joining her on her adventure is the suave “mystery man” Basil St. John, who helps defend her against anything the jungle can throw at them.
If fans liked The lost city for its fashionable, burst heroine paired with a man who would probably call “Dash McMahon” his best friend, Brenda Star is the kind of action-adventure hug that will deliver. This cult classic premiered in 1986 but wasn’t released in the US until 1992, and pairing Brooke Shields with a Bond-era Timothy Dalton — in an eye patch — is just as much fun as that. be able to show up.
Available on Disney+ once it leaves theaters
Popular adventurer Nathan Drake was transported from Unexplored video games on the big screen in a new movie of the same name, where the young treasure seeker teams up with seasoned explorer and mercenary Sully to track down a series of sacred golden idols from Magellan’s expedition.
Games have always had a cinematic quality to them, and the film faithfully recreates their lush environments while giving fans the chance to see their favorite character blossom into the dashing daredevil they know and love.
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